Saturday, 7 December 2013

Caragh Reviews - Daylighters by Rachel Caine

Published - 5th November 2013
Publisher - Allison & Busby
Format - Paperback
Synopsis - Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better. It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly. Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end…

Daylighters is fifteenth (!) and final book in Rachel Caine's incredibly successful Morganville Vampires series. This series has been close to my heart for years now and so reviewing it is going to be difficult! 

Daylighters picks up where Fall of Night left off. The humans have taken back Morganville and the Glass House residents have a moral and practical dilemma on their hands. We have seen Claire grow from a timid young girl into a strong, ass-kicking woman. The Glass House has been fighting for human rights for Morganville for years now, and it is finally happening. Unfortunately the consequences of that are too extraordinary for Claire to believe in it. In order for the humans to take control, the vampires are being rounded up, tortured and killed. Claire takes up a moral issue in that she believes (as do I) that a whole species cannot be blamed for the act of a few. On that note, Claire decides to do what she does best - fight for Morganville. 

The Daylight Foundation was actually kind of terrifying. I can't really find a comparison good enough, but I find it scary when people commit crimes of great evil but truly and completely believe that they are doing the right thing. Its even more scary when it is humans doing the heinous crimes! Which is exactly what The Daylight Foundation are doing. Caine wrote the whole thing brilliantly and at every turn I was anxious, nervous and excited. Admittedly, most of my anxiety was aimed towards Shane, who is not only my bookish heartthrob but was also in great danger of a different kind than he is used to! Despite assurances from Rachel Caine during a book signing I attended earlier in the year, I spent May til November being crazy worried about what was going to happen after Fall of Night! I'm so pleased with the way it all worked out; both Shane's drama and the whole book. 

By the end of Daylighters, it is clear to see how all of the characters have grown throughout the course of the series, from Claire right through to Myrnin. They have learned from each other how to work together and be strong. I love every single one of them as if they were truly my best friends and I feel as though I fought those battles with them too. The series tied up beautifully and my only regret is that it's now all over and i'm desperate to know what life will be like for Michael and Eve especially now that things are so different. Thanks Rachel for a wonderful series and some of the best reads of my life!

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